Wednesday 03/07/91 – Trying To Repeat The Words

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

I hid the toy cars for Hughan, around the house using all the rooms.

We went through the actions – slow, fast, stop, go, pull and push – also swinging and picking me up (I picked Hughan up and he was trying to pick me up).

Hughan tried to repeat all the words as I was saying it (this was great fun).

I went to school to listen to Vil’s class reading.

Hughan rode his tricycle in the kitchen before dinner using the pedals. He was very pleased with himself.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you :) )

Tuesday 02/07/91 – Pretending To Drive

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

We drew a bee on a piece of paper and played with it making a ‘buzzing’ noise.

We went to our morning play group and sewing.

Vil went to a friend’s house for lunch.

Hughan is so funny driving his imaginary wheel in the car. He was determined we were going to fetch Vil today. He was saying ‘O ome’(no home) shaking his head.

We went down the bumpy road today to our friends house and he said ‘um,um,um’ for ‘bump’.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you :) )

Monday 01/07/91 – Bees

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

We played with the Duplo (lego). We made the aeroplane and built up all the different sets.

The farm yard, the circus set, the dustbin truck, the tractor and trailer set, then we lined them all up. Afterwards we started playing with the house set and the people.

I went to my candlewicking class and left Hughan with Grace.

We took Vil to tennis in the afternoon. Some bees were after Hughan’s drink and I was making the noise of a bee and trying to show him that they would sting him and to be careful.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you :) )

Friday 28/06/91 – Fast and Slow

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

I hid the trucks around the house again today.

Afterwards we got the road mat out and we played with the cars and trucks.

I told Hughan ‘the trucks are slow and the cars are fast’. I was making the noise of the cars.

When we had finished I put Hughan in his trolley and I was showing him – fast and slow (he was sitting in the trolley and I was pushing him).

We also did it moving slowly and running fast.

We had a visit to the doctor again. He will be on antibiotics for another week.

Cricket in the afternoon.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you :) )

Thursday 27/06/91 – A Bumpy Road

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

We went to the shops today. Hughan was trying to say ‘trolly’.

Afternoon tea was at a friend’s house. We had to go down a bumpy road to get to her house now, as they have moved. Hughan loves the bumpy road.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you :) )

Wednesday 26/06/91 – Hiding Toys

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

I hid trucks around the house today. He enjoyed this.

I would ask him ‘Where is the truck?’ Look behind the toilet, under Daddy’s bed, by the telephone, behind the curtain etc.

There was a cement mixer outside in the road that we went and watched. Hughan has a cement mixer truck and also a cement mixer toy. So we went and compared the toys with a cement mixer and Hughan said ‘rou, rou, rou’ (round, round, round) for the cement mixer turns round and round.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you :) )

Tuesday 25/06/91 – Play Group

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

We stuck pictures into Hughan’s books today.

We went to play group.

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Sewing morning was at our friend’s house where the rabbits are. We fed the rabbits which all the children enjoyed. Hughan was able to stroke the rabbits today and felt how soft they are.

I played tennis in the afternoon.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you :) )

Monday 24/06/91 – Time With His Dad

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

I went to candlewicking classes and left Hughan with Willem at home (who was not feeling well).

We took Vil to tennis in the afternoon.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you :) )

Friday 21/06/91 – Tea With Friends

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

We had a visit to the doctor in the morning and a friend came to tea afterwards with her daughter. She gets on very well with Hughan. They played in the tent.

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Cricket in the afternoon.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you :) )

Thursday 20/06/91 – Race Day at Vil’s School

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

Today I hid cars around Hughan’s bedroom. He got very frustrated towards the end, as I would ask him to “look under the dustbin” and he would look somewhere else, so after finding it with a bit of help, I would re-hide it under the dustbin and ask him again later. The game went on too long. I won’t do this again. He knows where the dustbin is, but he seems too keen to look in all the places I usually hide them in. I am going to do this in other rooms in future, not just in his room.

Great excitement! A truck was in the road dumping a load of sand. We watched the back of the truck go up and the sand pour out and the back go down again. Afterwards, I got out one of Hughan’s tip-up trucks and we filled the back of the truck with sand and lifted the back of the truck and watched the sand pour out.

Vil’s sports day. Hughan enjoyed watching the races. In the brothers race, Hughan came 4th. 157 158   Afternoon tea was at a friend’s house and we had a surprise birthday party for her.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you :) )